Saturday: Afternoon Delight ~ Coconut Macaroons

Nico and I are obsessed with coconut. Anything coconut. So I’ve been testing some recipes for coconut macaroons.  I tried this recipe a couple of times in the last month. They’re amazing and pretty easy to make.  The first time I dipped them in the chocolate and it’s wayyyy too much for me (Nico thought they were great!) so the second time I just drizzled it over the top and it was much better.  I think I still favor the plain though.

This afternoon I tried a recipe from Marcela Valladolid’s book. It’s a lot more simple and faster than the other one and it’s better for you (less sugar) AND they taste deeelicious! So much so that I thought I’d share it with you:

1/2 cup of condensed milk (I tried the non fat one and it tastes just as good as the regular one!)

1 package of coconut (14 oz)

Preheat your oven to 350°

Spray tray or pan with cooking oil (don’t forget this otherwise you’ll have trouble taking them off like I did).  Marcela’s recipe calls for you to use a pan because in México they’re traditionally found as little squares. I really like how the little mounds look so I did that instead, but it’s up to you. Also I always line my trays with foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup.

Mix coconut and condensed milk and scoop into small mounds (if they’re too large they kind of break apart…because you don’t use the egg whites to “glue” everything together)

Bake for 20 min or until they get golden/crispy. I like them really crispy!!

Chocolate – optional. My favorite is Ghirardelli Bittersweet 60% Cacao. Follow instructions on bag. I used a spoon to drizzle on top.

Here they are!!!

 

 

Besos,

~Mrs. B

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Friday: Afternoon Delight

Ok….so it’s a few days overdue…but I was feeling a bit under the weather the last couple of days.

Mr. B is at man night so I got to have a delightful afternoon all by myself! Don’t get me wrong I love to hang out with him, but sometimes a girl just needs some girly alone time.

Today I got to try on makeup at the mac counter (i got a couple of things but I can’t get them until wed….i pre-shopped), went to get my nails done (toes are minty green and hands are red…though you can’t really appreciate them in these pics)…….

and now…..since I didn’t have to make any kind of dinner…. I decided to get some take out and I’m having this delicious thai feast while watching SATC.  ULTIMATE girly afternoon right?

I absolutely LOVE thai tea…..Nick hates it and thinks I’m crazy because he says it tastes like cigarette butts. I wonder if I can purchase the stuff to make it at home. I really really love it. Sometimes I actually crave it!
BTW….I can’t wait til we move to NYC and I can order take out and just wait for it in the comfort of my own home! I also won’t have to wait 30 min for it.

Oh, also while on Bergdorf’s page I found these lovelies by a couple of my favorite designers……

Chloe hobo
Christian Louboutin pump
Loeffler Randall boot
Christian Louboutin bootie
Needless to say I want them all…….
Buenas noches!!
Besos,
~Mrs. B
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Gem Faire

This weekend the OC fair grounds hosted Gem Faire (a HUGE bead show)!! Since I have a couple of orders I need to work on I decided to go on opening day….also I had a coupon to get in for free! yay!

I love going because there are sparkles and beads as far as the eye can see and if you know me you know I love sparkles. love. love! Also there’s awesome people watching. I didn’t take any pics of the fun outfits, but I did find something I had to get a snapshot of…it was my favorite of the afternoon……

Isn’t he the cutest!! He was HUGE!

I managed to find some lovely amethyst the same shade of purple one of my orders needs plus a few other fun things to play with.

……On other exciting news, I used my meat grinder for the first time ever.  It was pretty DEES-COS-TING!!! But it turned out to make some quite delicious blue cheese-bacon burgers! yum!

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Besos,
~Mrs. B
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Wednesday Lunch

I LOVE my juicer! Today’s menu was:

*4 beets
*4 oranges
*1 cucumber
*3 really small tomatoes
*1 peach

oh it was soo soo delicious!!

I also made a delicious & simple lunch for us: quesadillas (ham) with beans (homemade of course) and also homemade salsa.  I did get fancy and make the tortillas myself….it’s a lot easier than it sounds. REALLY! I just buy the masa already made from the little mexican market, whip out my tortilla maker tool thingy (to flatten them) and cook them for a bit and they’re done! It seriously took me longer to make the juice only because I have to wash everything right away. Here’s some pics…..
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TA-DA!! doesn’t it look yummy? it was!

 

Besos,

~Mrs. B

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PICNIC LOVE

My husband and I love going on all sorts of picnics. So much so that we travel with our picnic blanket. We even had a fun picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower!!! After which we noticed that the Parisians really know how to set up fancy picnics on a daily basis….and we also noticed their super cool roll-away picnic table. So once we got back we decided to get one and I’m super excited to say we got this one yesterday at Crate & Barrel it’s called Table in a Bag…..and we LOVE IT and can’t wait to use it!

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Lovely Day

I hope everyone had a Happy Valentine’s day!!!  I did!! It was such a beautiful day that we got dolled up and went to the park and had a wonderful picnic! It was perfect!! Thanks, I love you husband!

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In preparation for Valentine’s day…… Last thursday my friend’s mom ~Tutu~ had a valentine making party at her house. She really went all out to make it a lovely evening. She had an amazing spread of not just snacks, but everything you could want to use for making fun valentine cards.  Tutu and her friend Yolanda are little creative geniuses and they can make ANYTHING.  They had place cards which were actually candy bags and we each got a package with the basic pieces to create our very own decorative LOVE banner. There were dozens of pretty paper embellishments and lovely ribbons for us to use and there was even a delicious raspberry cake! YUM!

This was my candy bag…..

…here’s my banner and a little basket I made…..

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This was such a fun night!! I can’t wait to do it again! Thank you Tutu and Yolanda!!
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can you say yum?

This is the first time ever I’ve made a pork tenderloin and figured it was worthy of a blog. Well, at least a picture. It had a peach sauce and was accompanied by cheesy baked mashers and a side of green beans. It was deeeeeeelicious!

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